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HIP SURGERY A SUCCESS FOR RICK

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair a labral tear of his left hip. The surgery was performed by noted hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

DiPietro will be on crutches for the next two weeks and will rest for the next 4-6 weeks. He is expected to make a full and uneventful recovery this spring and will be 100% when training camp opens in September.

"Not that anyone needed any more proof that he's a battler, but Rick gutted it out with this injury down the stretch and in the playoffs," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "We're happy to get a very positive report from Dr. Philippon and to know our No. 1 goaltender will be completely ready well before the start of training camp."

Dr. Marc J. Philippon is a partner at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic and is one of the world's leading orthopaedic hip surgeons. Dr. Philippon is a consultant to NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB professional teams and has treated numerous PGA golfers. He is also a consultant to the NHL Players Association. Some of the professional athletes he has treated include Greg Norman, Mario Lemieux and Priest Holmes.

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